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Ben Smith Tries Too Hard To Sell Anti-Palin Narrative

By Stacy Drake

Ben Smith, former Journolist participant and writer for recently discredited Politico, tried really hard yesterday to spin some bad news out of the outstanding speech Governor Palin gave in Orlando. His post, suggestively titled “Rubio avoids Palin picture” says:

Marco Rubio and Sarah Palin appeared on the same stage at an RNC rally in Orlando today, but Rubio — who spoke shortly before Palin — did not appear onstage with her, Beth Reinhard notes:

“Rubio leaves stage before Palin — no pictures. Campaign says he’s preparing for tmrw’s debate.”

If he’d wanted the picture, debate prep could have waited a few minutes.

According to my source, former Democrat and registered Independent, Pat Riccio (who attended the event), Rubio spoke at least forty minutes before Governor Palin’s headline speech. I’m not too sure how Ben Smith gauges his time, but in my world forty minutes is a lot longer than a “few.” Smith also doesn’t note that there were four other speakers in between Rubio and Governor Palin. According to Mr. Riccio, Rubio left right after delivering his short speech and “didn’t sit down for one second” afterward. So, essentially Rubio ‘avoided’ taking pictures with all of the other speakers as well. Marco Rubio is busy running a campaign for the Florida Senate seat. I’m pretty sure Ben Smith isn’t familiar with all the logistics that go into planning every minute of the day by his people.

Once again, the media is guilty of trying to spread the meme that Governor Palin is “too polarizing” and is someone who fellow Republicans are trying to “distance” themselves from. Must I point out how foolish the LSM looks trying to push this stuff considering Governor Palin is headlining GOP events? Another thing Mr. Riccio told me when I spoke with him by phone (take note Jonathan Martin on how to validate your coverage through honest sourcing) is that the crowd was “there to see Palin.” They were selling ‘Palin 2012‘ T-shirts in the parking lot and many in attendance were not just Republicans, but Independents as well as some Democrats. You see, Governor Palin actually appeals to a vast group of voters – which is something the LSM will never write about.

The funny thing about all of this is the fact the man the media spends their time shilling for, Barack Obama, is actually polling much worse in states like Florida than Governor Palin. According to the most recent Sunshine State News commissioned poll from Florida, Governor “Palin’s net favorable rating in Florida” are “stronger than Obama’s by eleven points.” With Obama’s numbers continuing their downward spiral, maybe Ben Smith should have posted a story about all the people who left the Democrat rally in Minnesota before the president gave his speech.

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Sarah Palin And Glenn Beck Goof On The Continuous Lies Coming From POLITICO and Jonathan Martin, Then Talk About America’s Future

Hey, you can lie about me POLITICO, Jonathan Martin, ya punk. You guys can lie about me, but you’re takin’ on the big guns, you’re takin’ on Beck. You know, you’re an idiot if you take ’em on!

~ Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

This is a delightful and fun interview between Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. Glenn and his producer start out by goofing on the “Sarah is a diva” meme and then Glenn and Sarah rip on Jonathan Martin, one of the many corrupt JournoList members that work for POLITICO. Sarah calls Martin a “punk.”

Once done slicing and dicing that worthless website, the pair talk about the upcoming election and what needs to be done.

Fun stuff.

As to POLITICO, that site has more known members of JournoList than any other publication out there. We’ve reported before that POLITICO is little more than a propaganda tool for the left, and it’s coverage is never to be trusted, without some independent verification by the reader.

Let me put it this way: POLITICO has all of the credibility of the Weekly World News, with none of the entertainment value.

What Sarah and Glenn are talking about is a particular piece of trash written by Jonathan Martin earlier this week entitled “Hurricane Sarah” that alleges all sorts of nonsense. Of course Martin, punk that he is, uses a favorite trick all “journalists” on the left, and particularly the hacks at POLITICO use in almost every story: “unnamed” and “anonymous” sources. “Sources close to the story.” In this case, those sources are the voices in Jonathan Martin’s head.

This is a long piece that has “anonymous sources” from various campaigns, as well as Beck’s staff and others, claiming Sarah was unprofessional, hard to deal with, a diva, and on, and on. Not a single word in this piece of garbage is true, and every single politician and talk show host … oh hell, EVERYBODY, has demanded a retraction and a written apology!

Glenn Beck talked about it at the beginning of his Thursday show:

As Beck says, not one word in this hit piece is true. Not one word! He also demands a retraction.
Mark Levin demanded a retraction, as well, calling the story a “flat out lie”:

This is a flat out lie. Sarah Palin never backed out of any interview with me. Period. And John Martin, the reporter, never contacted me to ask me directly. I insist on a retraction.

Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters has more here.

As both Sheppard and the American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord point out, Sean Hannity has also demanded a retraction. Shepard and Lord both report Jonathan Martin, the low life that he is, is hiding under it’s desk, and POLITICO has been silent to calls from Palin, Beck, Levin, Hannity, and the rest, for a retraction and an apology.

Stacy Drake reports that Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressman Steve King, both of Iowa, also call BS on the lies Jonathan Martin is spewing in this piece of trash POLITICO published.

Stacy slices and dices that nimrod quite well in a must read article.

Retracto, the Correction Alpaca over at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism weighs in here.

BTW, Jonathan Martin even LOOKS like a punk!

Sources close to the situation” tell me Johnny molests collies in his spare time.

Look, the bottom line is this: POLITICO is a corrupt, not to be trusted news source. They lie about people, smear people, and just flat make things up, when no actually story exists. Jonathan Martin has a long history of this, and anything he writes should be suspect, including if he writes the sky is blue. That’s how poor his credibility is.

The sad thing though is, as much as everyone would love for it to be different, Martin is the rule, rather than the exception, when we are talking about the so-called “main stream media.” The entire American “main stream media” is as corrupt as the day is long.

The bias is unbelievable. Not only do they lie and smear, they often cover up for their friends, and just fail to cover positive stories that matter. This has become such a standard practice that seasoned observers take it for granted, and casual observers don’t even realize it.

Whether it’s planting bombs on the gas tanks of Chevy pick up trucks, as NBC did, when they couldn’t duplicate the urban legend saying they would explode on impact, or creating fake National Guard documents like CBS’ Dan Rather and his producer Mary Mapes did 60 days before the 2004 presidential election, trying to corrupt the outcome, this is what they do.

Barack Obama took this to an entirely new level of corruption when he enlisted his now White House Chief of Staff, Pete Rouse to help him bribe a sitting Alaska State Senator with the offer of a job in his administration, if he would cook up an “October surprise” for then Governor Sarah Palin. Rouse even recruited an entire group of bloggers and reporters to make sure every lie was told to the entire world through compliant media outlets.

History shows that Troopegate (or Tasergate as Sarah calls it) was indeed an “October surprise” with the Branchflower Report “findings” being released three day before the 2008 presidential election, and Senator Kim Elton was paid handsomely for his efforts with a make work job in the Department of Interior.

Mission accomplished.

History also shows the Branchflower Report, just days after the election, was completely discredited by independent investigator Timothy Petumenos, on behalf of the Alaska State Personnel Board. The Branchflower Report was a total lie.

This truth has not been widely reported, but the lie has. 

As we have seen with NPR’s despicable treatment of Juan Williams, these corrupt liars turn on their own when they wander off the plantation. Corrupt and evil.

We are at war in this nation. We have a real life struggle of good vs evil. Liberty and Freedom vs Tyranny and enslavement. National survival and prosperity vs sure destruction and poverty. This is a war we must win.

On our side, we have history and the truth. Conservatism is a proven winner. It has worked every time it’s been tried. This nation was founded on Conservative ideas, and the Rule of Law.

The radical left , which has total control of the democrat party, only has lies and delusional thinking.

Unfortunately, they also have near total control of not only the media, but most of academia. Our children are indoctrinated at an early age that America is bad, Conservatism is evil, and Marxism is the plan. The media and our educational system are two very powerful tools the radical left exploits daily.

We must realize this is indeed war, and war for the very soul of the nation. We must understand the media is dishonest, and never trust it. Always verify any story, especially one about a leading Conservative.

This is a war we must win. The nation’s very survival depends on it.

What can you really do?

Be aware. Be aware of the lies being told.

Fight back. Refudiate the lies. When you see a writer who lies, call them out. Most online magazines have comments sections. Call the writer out, and point out the truth. Post links in support of the truth. Write letters to your local editors when your newspaper prints lies. Make phone calls to the local radio and TV stations.

If you see someone, even friends, retelling a lie they heard (whether they know it’s a lie, or not) correct them. The facts are on your side. Never allow someone in your company to get away with repeating lies they heard in the corrupt media. You may make a few mad, but even more will respect you.

Organize. Get your friends together and make a plan. Set up a local watchdog group to keep an eye on both your local as well an nation media. When you see lies, call the liars out en masse. Never let up.

We can win this, we must win this. But it will be a long struggle. None of this will end on November 2nd, no matter how great our victory. Quite the contrary. The left and it’s partners in media and academia will get nastier. They will get bolder in their corruption.

2010 is lost, and most on the left realize that 2012 is almost a foregone conclusion. What they don’t lose this November, they are most likely to lose in 2012. Knowing this, and having the feeling they have absolutely nothing else to lose, they will trow everything they have at us.

Everything.

We must be prepared.

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My Oh My, POLITICO Sure Has A Lot Of Corrupt Journolisters On It’s Staff

By Gary P Jackson

It’s no secret that POLITICO is a biased news organization. The online polictical blog is as progressive as they come. Very agenda driven. In our reporting we have already addressed the fact that Journolist members are solidly entrenched inside POLITICO’s upper levels. Something Roger Simon, who calls the website home, tried to downplay.

John Nolte over at Big Journalism isn’t buying it, and has a simply marvelous retort:

You say MSM, I say Politico. You say corrupt, I say Politico.

Today, Politico’s Roger Simon was kind enough to almost scold JournoList for its lasting effect on his precious little profession of journalism. At one point, he and the scrupulously non-partisan Chuck “Fire Glenn Beck” Todd hold hands and commiserate over how this unfortunate JounoList thing is tarring “those of us who don’t practice activist journalism.” If Roger Simon wants to rebuild his precious little profession’s reputation, a good start might be asking his very own publisher some tough questions.

Politico might be an online publication, a part of the New Media, but when it comes to corrupted, left-wing arrogance they make the Washington Post look somewhat honest … somewhat. Part of the reason I reserve a special place in my heart to store up a unique resentment for all things Politico is due to the very fact that they practice their dark arts online. Like a toxic virus they spread over to the Internet where the right (by design) and the left (by accident) are trying to forever kill off the very thing Politico is — wolfish left-wing propagandists hidden in the sheeps’ clothing of “journalism.”

And yet these are the same bastards “journalists” who launched a smear attack on a private citizen for asking Their One a perfectly reasonable question, obsessed over Sarah Palin’s wardrobe (and yet ranked Obama being asked about his relationships with Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers as a 2008 top-ten ”media blunder“), and though they occasionally find Levi Johnston worthy of note, Department of Justice whistleblower, J. Christian Adams, remained a ghost up until and including Ben Smith’s factually challenged Nothing-To-See-Here gift to his embattled president.

Oh, and did you know that some of Politico’sjournalists were members of Ezra Klein’s now infamous JournoList, including Mike Allen, Lisa Lerer, and Mr. Ben “I-Got-Yer-Back-Barack” Smith?

And this little juicy nugget of fact raises a troubling question…

What Politico needs to disclose is exactly when their three employees joined JournoList, because now that we know what really was going on there, this Politico article reeks of a cover up.

Written by Michael Calderon in March of 2009 and titled “JournoList: Inside the echo chamber,” even at the time it was written, the thousand-plus worder ranked as another classic example of what Politico does best: write stories about why stories they don’t want covered aren’t worth covering. In other words, like Ben Smith’s Black Panther piece, this is how Politico spikes that which might damage the Leftist narrative.

While reading Calderon’s JournoList expose,’ you can practically hear the staged, self conscious yawn of a man trying to put across the false front that once again those crazy, paranoid right-wing conspiracy mongers have taken him away from oh-so important work to address this nothing-ness.

Calderon’s idea of “journalism” was to interview JournoList members such as Jeffrey Toobin, Eric Alterman,and Joe Klein, who each assure us in their own wrist-flicking way, Tell those silly right-wingers that no one’s pushing an agenda. In 2009 the piece was hilariously obvious in its biased and preordained objective to smoke-and-mirror away concerns about what Ezra’s little coven of left-wingers was up to. But reading it again in hindsight, it stinks to high heaven.

Deep, deep, deep in the article – long after the dull dutifulness of it all is supposed to kill your interest in clicking over to page two, Calderon finally gets around to admitting Politico’s Smith, Allen, and Lerer are members.

And herein lies Politico’s problem.

Now that it’s become crystal clear that at times JournoList was in fact a hotbed for left-wing ideologues to collude over how to kill stories that might hurt Obama, smear innocent conservatives as racist, coordinate lines of attack against Palin, and work directly with the Obama campaign, the question becomes:

What did Politico know and when did it know it?

Three Politico employees were members of JournoList, and yet in March of 2009, Politico published an article where JournoList members claimed nothing improper was going on there — which we now know wasn’t even close to the truth.

There’s only two explanations: Either Smith, Allen and Lerer weren’t JournoList members when this corrupt activity was taking place, or they were, and not only did they not disclose the improper activity but they allowed their employer to print a misleading story.

What did Politico know and when did it know it?

In a truly just world, all 400 plus members of Journolist would join the ranks of the chronically unemployed, but I digress.

Sadly, this is just more proof that it’s almost impossible to trust any supposed news source in this country. I know a lot of folks, myself included, tend to frequent blogs and newsers that mostly agreee with our point of view, but we also need fair and balanced news sources that play it straight. Just the facts, no matter who it helps, or hurts. No agenda, just facts. Until this happens, America is in big trouble.

When consuming news these days, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan: Trust, but verify. And go easy on the trust part, and heavy on the verify part.

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No, Sarah Palin Did Not Compare Obama to Hitler

By Stacy Drake

What is it with the left and their friends in the media? Why is it that they cannot apply reason when processing information in regards to Sarah Palin? I’m just going to presume that it’s a political tactic designed to confuse possible future voters. Otherwise, I’d be left to believe that we have an unhealthy number of ignorant people in our society.

Last night, Governor Palin posted a link to a Thomas Sowell article called, “Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?” In which Mr. Sowell said the following:

When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.

Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler’s rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.

“Useful idiots” was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.

Put differently, a democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive.

In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.

I think the point Mr. Sowell was trying to make is clear. Throughout history, despots have used “useful idiots” to grow their regime’s power and influence. He provided TWO examples of historical reference to back up his claim, by listing both Adolf Hitler and V.I. Lenin in the beginning of his post.

Yet somehow, the media missed this obvious point as the following article written by Andy Barr in Politico today proves, called “Sarah Palin praises column linking Obama, Hitler” (please note that the original title of this article was “Sarah Palin praises Hitler column” but I guess that meme wasn’t working for them) It says:

Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday encouraged her supporters to read an article comparing the BP escrow fund to Nazism.

[…]

The article Palin points to was published on Monday and was widely criticized for writing that, like Adolph Hitler, President Barack Obama is stripping away the freedom of his citizens without mass protest.

Wait a second… Where did Lenin go? Why didn’t I see 1,000 tweets directed at Governor Palin from left-wing drones on Twitter (known as #p2) saying she compared Obama to Lenin? Where is the article form Politico or any other media outlet with the reference to Lenin? Perhaps it’s because they have a little soft spot for the former Communist dictator, and although Lenin is responsible for millions of deaths, it just doesn’t have the same punch as a reference to Hitler in their minds. I don’t know…

If the mental midgets on the left and in the media (sorry for the repetition) weren’t playing politics here and bothered to read the rest of Mr. Sowell’s piece, they would be able to see what his point was. Such as this:

With vastly expanded powers of government available at the discretion of politicians and bureaucrats, private individuals and organizations can be forced into accepting the imposition of powers that were never granted to the government by the Constitution.

If you believe that the end justifies the means, then you don’t believe in constitutional government.

And, without constitutional government, freedom cannot endure. There will always be a “crisis” — which, as the president’s chief of staff has said, cannot be allowed to “go to waste” as an opportunity to expand the government’s power.

That power will of course not be confined to BP or to the particular period of crisis that gave rise to the use of that power, much less to the particular issues.

When Franklin D. Roosevelt arbitrarily took the United States off the gold standard, he cited a law passed during the First World War to prevent trading with the country’s wartime enemies. But there was no war when FDR ended the gold standard’s restrictions on the printing of money.

Franklin D. Roosevelt! Now that’s THREE historical references that Mr. Sowell makes in his article talking about governmental power grabs. Yet, there where no “lamestream” articles with headlines that read “Sarah Palin praises column linking Obama, FDR.”

Well, we know that would never happen because FDR is a hero to the American left. Time magazine even mocked up a cover superimposing Barack Obama’s face on an old FDR photo, back in November of 2008.

Mr. Sowell’s piece ends this way:

At about the same time, during the worldwide Great Depression, the German Reichstag passed a law “for the relief of the German people.”

That law gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people — indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others.

If the agreement with BP was an isolated event, perhaps we might hope that it would not be a precedent. But there is nothing isolated about it.

The man appointed by President Obama to dispense BP’s money as the administration sees fit, to whomever it sees fit, is only the latest in a long line of presidentially appointed “czars” controlling different parts of the economy, without even having to be confirmed by the Senate, as Cabinet members are.

Those who cannot see beyond the immediate events to the issues of arbitrary power — vs. the rule of law and the preservation of freedom — are the “useful idiots” of our time. But useful to whom?

Useful idiots, indeed… They give away their identity by calling out Governor Palin for merely linking to this well written, well thought out article by my own favorite intellectual, Thomas Sowell. To try and pass a perceived notion of what she was linking to, rather than actually discussing the points made in the piece, the left proves themselves incapable on any honest debate.

For the record, Governor Palin replied tonight to all of this on her Twitter page. She said:

Lamestream media: I never compared Obama to Hitler. Quit making things up

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Sarah Palin Dominates Politico.com Straw Poll

In an effort to illustrate how straw polls in small venues can be skewed, Politico.com ran it’s own reader’s straw poll asking who SHOULD have won the Values Voters Summit straw poll.

Now one has to say that Mike Huckabee winning the original poll is not surprising. This is really his crowd. And one also has to factor in that Sarah did not attend the Value Voters Summit, staying in Alaska to greet her son Track who was home on leave from fighting in Iraq.

Even so Huckabee had a respectable showing with 28 percent of the 597 votes cast. There is something to be said for actually being at the venue, for sure.

These results just don’t jibe with other straw polls that we have seen though. Usually you see either one of two things, either Sarah Palin has blown everyone out, or it’s a dead heat between her, Mitt Romney, and Huckabee, obviously depending on the venue. But more times than not, it looks a lot like this Politico.com poll:

Sarah Palin 53 %

Someone else 16 %

Mitt Romney 15 %

Mike Huckabee10 %

Tim Pawlenty 4 %

Mike Pence 2 %

This is based on 24,049 votes.

It’s really too early to put much stock in any of these, frankly. The 2012 election season is still a couple of years away. And that is a lifetime in politics. Absolutely anything could happen.

We do know this, Sarah is consistently the most popular Republican among Republicans. She also drives the communists insane! But past that, Sarah Palin has had the most impact on the national debate, with absolutely the least effort. A few well worded entries of Facebook really put a crimp in the Obama regime’s plans to ram Obamacare down America’s throat. Palin had the ability to cut to the chase and get the point across like no other politician in America, on either side of the debate.

It will be interesting to see if Sarah’s effectiveness as a politician, as well as her outside the Beltway status, will translate into White House win in 2012. I wouldn’t bet against it.

H/T: Governor Palin 4 President

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